Dozens gather at Turner Ashby memorial amid controversy over Confederate history

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — More than fifty people were on hand to pay their respects at the Turner Ashby monument on Wednesday.

The site marks the place the Confederate cavalry leader was killed on June 6, 1862, during the Battle of Good's Farm.

The annual ceremony included a presentation of wreaths and speeches from members of the local and statewide chapter of Daughters of the Confederacy.

This year's commemoration came just months after the monument was added to the Virginia Landmarks Register by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.

"It's a way to save these monuments," said Ann Alterman, the Vice President of the Turner Ashby chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy. "By getting it on the registry, we're hoping that it stays here for as long as it holds up."

Over the past several months, controversy has enshrouded the proposed removal of two Confederate monuments in Charlottesville — culminating with torch-wielding protesters in favor of keeping the statues storming the site .

Alterman had strong words for those in favor of removing the markers.

"That a few people can come in and cause so much ruckus over some monuments that have been there for decades and then all of a sudden they're gone, I think it's absolutely ridiculous," said Alterman. "Those monuments haven't ever hurt a soul."

Turner Ashby, originally buried in Charlottesville, was reinterred in Winchester in 1866.